DNC: Face masks, daily COVID-19 tests for 2020 convention in Milwaukee

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Face masks and day-to-day COVID-19 tests: Stringent health protocols launched for 2020 DNC in MilwaukeeBill Glauber
Milwaukee Journal SentinelPublished 8:07 PM EDT Jul 27, 2020Face masks, questionnaires and everyday tests for COVID-19 are part of the health protocols for guests at next months Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.The stringent list will be in location when Democrats fulfill Aug. 17-20 at the Wisconsin Center in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.Convention organizers launched a fact-sheet Monday that supplies details of public health measures to “suppress the danger of disease spread amongst those participating in the convention in Milwaukee, consisting of visitors, police, media, and staff.”Everyone, from presumptive candidate Joe Biden on down, will have to wear a face mask.But Biden and other primary speakers will have the ability to remove their face masks when dealing with the convention from the podium, which will be set 20 feet far from other people.The Wisconsin Center, the conventions main venue, will be thought about a health and wellness zone.To get in, guests will have to follow the health and wellness rules.Convention organizers are motivating those traveling from outside Milwaukee to get evaluated for COVID-19 prior to they leave. It is required to use proper personal protective equipment during travel, including a face mask.Attendees will have to self-isolate for a minimum of 72 hours before leaving for Milwaukee or on the very first entry into the health and wellness zone if theyre already in the city.Everyone who goes to the convention will need to agree to daily testing for COVID-19 through the Democratic National Convention Committees designated screening system. Results will be shared with local health authorities and convention organizers.There will be two checking sites– one at the Wisconsin Center and another offsite.With the convention spread throughout four days, attendees will likewise address a daily survey that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 signs and that they did not have any recognized contact with individuals contaminated with COVID-19. Social distancing– remaining 6 feet from others– will have to be maintained.All guests must use a face mask that covers the nose and mouth.Organizers are also encouraging people to secure their eyes with either safety glasses or a face shield.Attendees will likewise need to use a mask whenever they are outside their hotel room or residence.And those pertaining to the convention are being told to “avoid bars, restaurants, and other areas where social distancing is not possible or not practiced.”Convention organizers have invested a number of months developing adequate materials of PPE and testing so they do not affect the medical supply chain. A local laboratory is providing swabs for the testing.The DNCC brought in two specialists to help with the protocols: Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, and Larry Brilliant, a former professor of public health.”Ensuring the security and wellness of everybody included with the convention is our leading priority,” said convention spokesperson Katie Peters. “After consultation with public health officials, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) will execute robust health and wellness protocols that will govern the conventions in-person activities and keep guests safe prior to and during the convention.”Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett praised the conventions health procedures as being “thoughtful and extensive.””While it is essential to safeguard everyone going to the convention, it is also crucial to protect the whole Milwaukee neighborhood,” Barrett stated in a declaration. “These procedures develop affordable requirements in order to avoid additional COVID-19 infections in Milwaukee.”Published 8:07 PM EDT Jul 27, 2020This material was originally published here.